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FILE - This Oct. 30, 2012 file photo shows Nicki Minaj performing at the O2 in London. Minaj and her mentor, Lil Wayne, will join forces for a performance at the Billboard Music Awards, to be presented in Las Vegas on May 19. Billboard announced additional performers Thursday. They include Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, Akon, Ne-Yo and Icona Pop. (Photo by Mark Allan/Invision/AP, file)

LOS ANGELES — Mariah Carey, whose clash with fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj has made headlines overshadowing the talent competition, warned Fox before the season began that having herself and the rapper-singer on the same panel could cause trouble, said her husband, Nick Cannon.

In an appearance on the “KTLA Morning News,” Cannon said of the feud, “My wife (had) foreseen all this. She tried to tell the network, ‘I don’t think this is going to work. I’m afraid ... I don’t need this.’ “

Cannon said Carey warned that pairing her and Minaj on the same panel was “taking it in the wrong direction, because this is going to turn into one of those reality shows. She’s like, ‘I didn’t sign up to be on “Love and Hip Hop.”‘“

He said Carey had hoped that the show would be more about the participants: “She really loves these contestants.”

But he said Carey would continue to take the high road: “She comes home and just doesn’t have time for it. She’s too busy trying to be the world’s biggest superstar-mom.”

Ratings for the popular series have steadily declined this season. While Minaj has been a standout that has attracted positive reaction from viewers, Carey has not generated the same excitement. Rumors popped up last week that Fox was planning to replace Carey with former “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez. Fox denied the report when Carey threatened legal action.


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